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What a weekend!

Monday, July 28, 2014

This weekend was truly wonderful, insightful, and well...motivating! Friday night I took Caley to a Brewer's game. It was a Girl Scout event and fan appreciation night. Doesn't get better than that! Thanks to us sitting with other Girl Scouts, they made sure we didn't miss out on getting our free Brewer's shirts!

The walking up and down the stairs in my work shoes wasn't too good though and my ankle was really bothering me by the end of the night. Luckily, a courtesy car took us to our car in the parking lot so Caley and I didn't have to walk anymore. Note to self: Always pack good tennis since I do much better in those.

Saturday did way more walking and my ankle held out because I was wearing my good tennis. We went to Racine County fair! Woohoo! I love this fair and so glad someone told me about it because it's well organized and always a fun time for Caley and I. We love the sweet corn.

We get the ride bands so we can do the rides as much as we want. Caley's tummy wasn't feeling up to par so we concentrated on 3 rides: the dragon wagon (Caley did by herself), the bumper cars (which only once did she share a car with me. Otherwise we were going head to head), and the Fun Slide. Observation: I can't get any bigger or I won't be able to do the Fun Slide next year. I just barely fit as I went up the stairs. Talk about a slap in the face to wake up. Also, I could only go up the stairs once and slide down and then need a break. The biggest thing though that really hit me was as the day went on, one of the ride manners was kind of shaming my daughter like, "you need to do this ride on your own. Give your poor Mom a break." I'm sure he was trying to be nice because well, I'm so...heavy, out of shape. I was thinking, "Would this be happening if I was thin?

Then I was thinking, but responded, "It's okay. I don't mind doing this with my daughter." What I wanted to say was, "Shut up! This girl is saving my life!" And I wouldn't be lying. Being overweight and out of shape is not a poor me, stop dragging me through the fair situation. It's time for intervention! And I paced myself. I sat and rested when I needed to. Caley was totally understanding about my need for breaks, but we were here to have fun and she wanted to have fun with her best Mommy, and fun was had!

Here's me smiling:

Caley did these one time:

There's Caley on her roller coaster:

Hi Mom!

Don't let it get me Mom!

Now I know what a hamster feels like!

She outgrew the little tractors so now she is racing!

Taking a much deserved break and waiting for the Tiger show.

Last year for this ride.

So as I reflect back on this weekend and especially the fair, I realized I now have more ammo motivation for getting healthier. Most people's drivers are their wedding or a trip or training for a 5K race. I'm going to be training too...for the fair! Next year I do not want a poor me coming my way. Next year I don't want to be pleading with my daughter to not run back into the line for the Fun Slide. Next year I don't want to be dealing with a messed up back, shoulder, ankle, knee, hip, foot, anything. I want to have no limits on fun. I want to live! Today the work begins.

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LIMOM2TWINS 7/29/2014 6:44AM

    You weekend sounds like so much fun and your daughter is so blessed to have you as a mom! Great job one of my favorite quotes is "A year from now you wish you started today." now when you are at the fair next year and look back you will no longer have to "wish" since you did it already!

Nice to meet you :)

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MCJOYFUL 7/28/2014 11:16PM

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HARROWJET 7/28/2014 10:20PM

    You have good motivation. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/28/2014 3:04PM

    emoticon Caley's adorable!
Do this journey for yourself!
Do it for Caley!

Stay positive! Keep smiling through it all!

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PEZMOM1 7/28/2014 12:15PM

    Love going to fairs can't wait for the Wisconsin state fair.

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KOFFEENUT 7/28/2014 11:16AM

    Good for you! We all have to find what's important to US that makes working toward a healthier lifestyle worthwhile. Being able to build such awesome memories at the fair with your daughter is a TERRIFIC reason!

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MAPFARMS 7/28/2014 10:30AM

    Love all your pictures! The Tiger show one is awesome! Looks like you saw a lot of exhibits, did you go into the animal buildings? 4H building? The kids work all year on their projects and do an amazing job.
So glad you had fun at the our fair, it is a huge part of our lives. We were there everyday. Saturday we were at the livestock auction most of the day. My daughter showed chickens for years and now we all exhibit baked goods and vegetables. We have several friends on the fair board so we love to have positive feedback. They work all year round to put it all together.
It is a lot of walking, I don't have to much trouble getting all my steps in during fair. I didn't do to bad with my food choices until yesterday, it's our week of vacation so I cut myself a little slack. We always get a little sad on Sunday because it is coming to an end.

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HMBROWN1 7/28/2014 8:53AM

    Looks like you had an awesome day! I totally understand what you are talking about. It's the little things, like being able to use the regular seat belt on the airplane, when you are flying to a work meeting, with your co-workers. Thank goodness, I made it fit! Those are the things that really push me too!

Have a great day - Heather

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WIFE48 7/28/2014 8:33AM

    Looks like a wonderful time.

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Can't wait for Tom to leave.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm in the crampy stage. It came early so I was unprepared with medicine. Everything is cramping, including my legs. I think I will go for another short walk since my ankle hasn't fully recovered. Hope I'm not like this at the ball game tonight. Ugh!

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ANGELN325 7/28/2014 6:18AM

    Thank you for the support. I commented on your wall.

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ANGELN325 7/26/2014 8:01AM

    Thank you. I've commented on both your pages.

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ARNETTELEE 7/25/2014 7:17PM

  Hope you're feeling better!

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GEORGE815 7/25/2014 4:52PM

    Hope the cramps go away. Do you do anything special to help it?

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I hate TOM.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The first time I saw or heard of TOM on SparkPeople, I was like, "Who is this dude?" Then I came to realize what it stood for and thought, "Pretty clever." Well, lately I've begun to hate TOM. I know when he's coming. I get emotional and I hate it because it takes all I can to stay positive and at peace as it is. I find myself letting things go in one ear and out the other while still giving me time to grieve for the family members I lost this year, the job I miss, and of course, pray. However, when TOM comes, I start to question everything. Words sting more than usual. I laugh because I have to be tough, but inside I'm crying and wondering what I want to do with my life.

Coupled with my emotions is the lack of energy or the desire to want to sleep, which increases when I do not get good sleep. The last 2 days my daughter has woke up crying and I've comforted her back to sleep and then wake up tired and not wanting to go to work. I so would like a day off, but that's not my life anymore and I have to take off enough time for appointments and stuff like that so I'm then having an argument with myself to quit my complaining and just go do my job. I come home missing my daughter and wanting to spend time with her. Of course, this has just killed my intentions to start back with my exercise program. While I can't put too much on my ankle, I had come up with a plan to do strengthening and cardio that I could do sitting, but Monday I wasn't feeling it in the morning so I thought maybe at work I could do some calisthenics. Didn't happen. Home...missing daughter and played Legos. This morning was the same about my cardio. I still have lunch and hoping I can do something. Even if it's moving my feet like I'm running in place but in a chair would be better than nothing. Trying to fidget a little bit as we speak, but too hard to type and do that at the same time. LOL

To make matters worse, I have an aversion to healthy food. I'm forcing myself to eat grapes right now. Grapes! I generally love grapes. They are so sweet, well, the green ones are more sour than sweet, but still much better for me than chocolate or the other things I've been craving. I've had no desire to cook. I'm like a slug. I will be so happy when TOM is gone and then I can see which stuff is being magnified by TOM and which stuff is things I actually need to deal with. One thing is for sure. No big decisions will be made this week. LOL

Thanks for listening. I know this is not my usual type of blog, but from reading others blogs, we need to share it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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ANGELN325 7/25/2014 5:37AM

    Thank you. I have commented on both your pages.

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JUNEAU2010 7/24/2014 10:43PM

    TOM left just over a year ago and I'm not sure the "power surges" are any better!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/24/2014 9:33PM

    I call mine Aunt Flo. I'm done having kids, so I'd like Flo to just stop visiting. Chocolate is my downfall at that time of the month. She's so hormonal and I get so crabby from her visit.

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ANGELN325 7/24/2014 6:39AM

    Thank you for all the wonderful support and feeling my pain...albeit more emotional than anything. I have commented on all your pages.

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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2014 5:39PM

    I went into menopause early, at the age of 39, because of my cancer treatments.
Even though menopause was an adjustment (especially the hot flashes!) I don't miss TOM at all! I was miserable with it, and it didn't help that I had PMS along with it.

Hang in there, and I hope it gets better! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 7/22/2014 12:33PM

    Sometimes the best thing we can do is get it all out so we're not carrying it around, festering inside us. This will pass. You'll find the "want to" inside yourself to do healthy things that will help you be around longer for your wonderful family. You'll take good care of yourself. Take a breath, then pat yourself on the back for coming here and venting about how you're feeling at this moment.


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MCJOYFUL 7/22/2014 12:26PM

    I hear ya. I have mixed feelings about TOM. In a way, I'm happy when he comes because then maybe I'm not close to the big M yet. Although I heard that he can still come then too. But my mood can get sketchy when TOM is near. And chocolate starts calling out to me - not candy necessarily - more like brownies or something more carby. Hang in there, this too shall pass. emoticon

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The adventures of ankle recovery.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This weekend, I did not want to be stopped or limited due to an ankle injury. Where I live, nice, hot weather is around for a limited time and we have to make the most of it. Plus the coupons that Caley earns from her summer reading program expire so every weekend is action packed and precious. There are no weekends to lie around and wish away injuries. So I setup a game plan as I wanted to knock out 2 coupons this weekend.

Saturday we went to the zoo as the weather was perfect. Warm enough that the misting stations would be available, but not so warm that we would be sweating hard and uncomfortable. My Mom was encouraged to go after she heard about my ankle injury because that meant we would be going at a relaxed pace. She's getting older now and because she does not exercise regularly, these outings are especially hard on her. (Another reason to motivate me to be active every day!)

I have discovered if I take small steps, I can walk. This was a necessary discovery for my job so I walk pretty well now. I just take slow, small steps. If I go too fast or my stride becomes too wide, my ankle lets me know and then I have to rest until my ankle can handle it again. Both members were very understanding. I let my daughter hold the map to keep her further entertained. Plus she knew we weren't going to be able to see everything so this would help us plan the most efficient routes. We had to park at a further gate so we didn't come into our usual entrance and saw the giraffes first and then worked our way to the penguins and on to where the sea lion show was. I figured that would be a nice long break for my ankle and I. Afterwards, we went to see the sting rays and sharks so we could pet them and have that experience and then proceeded to see other animals at the zoo. We rested at benches and tables whenever my daughter was hungry or I just needed a break from walking.

Despite taking this laid back approach, we did see quite a bit, but it was nice to stay at an area and really watch an animal. It's hard to say what my favorite animals were, but I'd say all the ones that were active!

Here are some pics of our zoo adventure:

My Mom and my daughter:

My daughter and I:


My daughter and I at the sea lion show:

Looking for a sting ray to pet.

Enjoying the misting station:

Sunday was a nice, hot, sunny day so after I got the grass mowed, the trim done and did a little gardening, I took Caley swimming at McCarthy park and we dried off a little at the park afterwards:

It felt good getting out there and getting some activity in. Going to see how I do this week.

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ANGELN325 7/22/2014 10:11AM

    Thank you! I responded on your wall.

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ANGELN325 7/21/2014 6:53PM

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I responded personally to everyone I could!

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MOM2ACAT 7/21/2014 4:22PM

    I'm glad you had fun despite the ankle problems!

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KOFFEENUT 7/21/2014 11:53AM

    What a great memory building weekend with BOTH your daughter and mom!!!

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SUBMOM2 7/21/2014 10:53AM

    I'm glad you were able to get out there. Looks like tons of fun! I hope your ankle continues to improve, and have a great week!

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BEEANDHAM 7/21/2014 9:38AM

    Looks like you all had a great weekend together! Good job not letting your ankle hold you back!

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HARROWJET 7/21/2014 9:16AM

    It looks like it was fun.

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LIFESTYLE12 7/21/2014 9:11AM

    Nice pictures of your fun weekend! I've also had ankle injuries and if you aren't already, I suggest wearing some type of ankle brace/wrap that helps support it and also reminds you to not overdo things. Feel better soon! emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 7/21/2014 9:03AM

    I just love the zoo. It sounds like you had a fun weekend!

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HMBROWN1 7/21/2014 8:20AM

    I have had significant ankle/heel/lower leg/achiles tendon issues, so I share your pain! Best wishes!

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Woohoo! My ankle is healing.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I can walk for small periods of time without any pain. This is so awesome, but I know I won't be able to return to my walks during my lunch just yet. I have to continue to let things heal and then come up with some kind of return plan until I get back to my bronze level of steps. I think this week, I will look and see how many steps I get these next 2 weeks for a base line number and then I can work on setting some goals to work towards my bronze level again.

It was nice being able to walk with the children to the park though on Saturday and once around the track, rest and then go with them to the mini golfing. Yesterday I took Caley to the beach and we had fun. The water was really cold so I didn't go too far into the lake. I just dipped my toes in to cool me down and get out. My daughter was more daring so she was an ice cube last night. It was good though because we came home and I dozed off while my daughter played with Barbies. I woke up and she was out so I went back to bed. I think this is the most sleep I've gotten in a long while and I'm still tired so I may take another nap before going to work today. We'll see.

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ANGELN325 7/16/2014 5:33AM

    Thank you for all the wonderful support! I have responded to each of your pages personally. I'm not 100% yet, but so happy that I'm healing!

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JUNEAU2010 7/15/2014 3:37PM

    I hope you heal quickly and completely!

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HARROWJET 7/14/2014 9:08PM

    It is good to hear that you are healing.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/14/2014 8:53PM

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better and that the pain is improving. Hang in there!!!

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MOM2ACAT 7/14/2014 5:37PM

    So glad to hear you are healing!

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MCJOYFUL 7/14/2014 4:20PM

    Glad you are healing!

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BEATTYN1 7/14/2014 6:41AM

    Clearly that ankle injury didn't do you in. Sounds like you are coping well and recovering as quickly as you can. I like your point by point approach to retrieving your prior level of steps, emoticon

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